Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Curtis Leschyshyn
Born in Thompson, Manitoba, Leschyshyn was a junior standout with the WHL's Saskatoon Blades. He was taken third overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft and became a pillar on the club's defence through some very lean years. He remained a valuable member of the club when it improved after the trading of 1991 First round draft pick, Eric Lindros in 1992.

Leschyshyn remained with the franchise when it relocated to Colorado in 1995-96 and was part of the Stanley Cup celebrations that spring. After the 1996 Stanley Cup victory, the veteran backliner started to become a journeyman. He played a week in Washington then was shipped to the Hartford Whalers for Andrei Nikolishin.

The solid defenceman remained with the franchise when it relocated to Carolina in 1997-98. Leschyshyn was claimed by the Minnesota Wild in the 2000 Expansion Draft where he provided stability and leadership on the young club. Prior to the March deadline he was sent to the Ottawa Senators to add depth to their blueline and has continued his steady play.

During the 2003-04 season, the former first rounder played his 1,000th NHL game and in the summer of 2005 was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche. After taking part in training camp, Leschyshyn announced his retirement a few days prior to the opening of the 2005-06 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Saskatoon Blazers SMHL 34 9 34 43 52
1985-86 Saskatoon Blades WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 70 14 26 40 107 11 1 5 6 14
1987-88 Saskatoon Blades WHL 56 14 41 55 86 10 2 5 7 16
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 71 4 9 13 71 -32
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 68 2 6 8 44 -41
1989-90 Canada WEC-A 9 0 0 0 4
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 55 3 7 10 49 -19
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 42 5 12 17 42 -28
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 6 0 2 2 4
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 82 9 23 32 61 +25 6 1 1 2 6
1993-94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 72 5 17 22 65 -2
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 44 2 13 15 20 +29 3 0 1 1 4
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 77 4 15 19 73 +32 17 1 2 3 8
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 11 0 5 5 6 +1
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 0 0 2 0
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 64 4 13 17 30 -19
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 73 2 10 12 45 -2
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 65 2 7 9 50 -1 6 0 0 0 6
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 53 0 2 2 14 -19
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 54 2 3 5 19 -2
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 0 4 4 0 +7 4 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 79 1 9 10 44 -5 12 0 1 1 0
2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL 54 1 6 7 18 +11 18 0 1 1 10
2003-04 Ottawa Senators NHL 56 1 4 5 16 +13 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 1033 47 165 212 669 68 2 6 8 34


WHL East First All-Star Team (1988) Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relcoated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Washington by Colorado with Chris Simon for Keith Jones, Washington's 1st (Scott Parker) and 4th (later traded back to Washington - Washington selected Krys Barch) round choices in 1998 Entry Draft, November 2, 1996. Traded to Hartford by Washington for Andrei Nikolishin, November 9, 1996. Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Claimed by Minnesota from Carolina in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Traded to Ottawa by Minnesota for Ottawa's 3rd round choice (Stephane Veilleux) in 2001 Entry Draft and future considerations, March 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, August 17, 2005.
Officially announced his retirement, October 3, 2005.